Ticks and Lyme disease

Heathland flora in the New Forest, Hampshire

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and heath areas.

They feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans. Ticks that carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease are found throughout the UK.

We take all risks at the places we care for seriously, including Lyme disease. Each of our places assesses the risks which are present. The staff members at our places develop bespoke approaches to managing those risks for staff, volunteers and visitors.

Our staff members have access to internal information on Lyme disease which includes guidance from NHS Choices and Public Health England on the prevention and diagnosis of Lyme disease and tick removal. Information and guidance for visitors about Lyme disease is available at the places we care for, where we’ve identified a material risk, although it will never be clear where someone may have contracted the disease.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of the disease is encouraged to seek a medical opinion as soon as possible given the potentially serious long term implications of not receiving suitable treatment. 

For more information on Lyme Disease, visit NHS Choices and Public Health England websites.